In so doing a snapshot of the act of learning itself is achieved. Performances of understanding by
means of group presentations within a simulated teaching environment are presented.
Postgraduate midwifery students demonstrated their learning by presenting preparation for
parenthood education sessions in the replicated teaching environment of the clinical skills laboratory.
The students were simulating the role of qualified midwives while their peers were in the guise of
prospective parents. In this way the students had the opportunity of practising their professional roles
within the safe environment of the clinical skills laboratory.
These presentations were audio visually recorded, so that the students and assessors could revisit the
performances. The presentations were assessed using a peer reviewed Benchmark Course Portfolio2.
The use of vignettes in the students own words are used to validate these student presentations as a
means of capturing teaching and learning. The procedures of simulated learning environment and
audio visual recording, while new to midwifery are worthwhile, acceptable and valuable means of
facilitating and assessing student learning.